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When we are inside spaces, we experience them at a very personal level. We sit, stand, move, eat, sleep and work in them, and the experience engages all of our senses. The details of that experience have an emotional impact on how we perceive a space as we travel through it or inhabit it. In order for that experience to take on a coherent form, it must adhere to a rigorous set of rules that we may or may not consciously perceive. The rules themselves are derived from a central idea or story (that we may call "parti") that becomes the generator of design decisions at all scales. In Blumenfeld's own work, this story forms the underlying framework that guides the project from concept diagram to form generation to the fine "details" of materiality and lighting.

Joan Blumenfeld is a design principal and Firmwide Design Director for Interiors for Perkins+Will, an architecture firm with offices in 26 locations. Joan's vibrant, elegant and award winning work has been published in national venues such as The New York TimesArchitectInterior Design,ContractArchitectural RecordInteriors and SourcesAzureArt in AmericaNew York Magazine and Vanity Fair, as well as various trade magazines and newspapers. The work is notable for its holistic, humanistic approach, incorporating socially responsible principals of designing for health and sustainability.

Blumenfeld serves on various boards past and present, including the Beverly Willis Foundation (where she is Chair and CEO), the Dwell on Design Advisory Board, the New York Chapter of the AIA (where she was President in 2007), the AIANY Foundation, the New York Building Congress, the New York Building Congress Foundation, the International Interior Design Association, Pro Mujer, Harvard Graduate School of Design Alumni Council and Executive Committee and Women Executives in Real Estate. She is one of only a handful of individuals to be a fellow of both the AIA and the IIDA. 


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